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Ton-up Woakes Lord´s it over India in second Test

Ton-up Woakes Lord´s it over India in second Test

However, the English weather dramatically changed on Thursday morning and continuous drizzle forced the officials to abandon the first day's play.

Left-arm spinner Kuldeep Yadav was brought in for seamer Umesh Yadav, joining Ashwin in the slow bowling department.

After bowling India out for 107, England reached 357-6 by the close on day three after Woakes and Bairstow shared a stunning partnership worth 189.

Chris Woakes scored his maiden Test century and Jonny Bairstow made 93 as England built a huge lead over India in the second Test at Lord's.

While on the first day, the team was treated to dishes like chicken lasagna, paneer tikka curry and apple pie with custard, among many others, the second day saw them being served with banana and date sticky toffee pudding, chicken carbonara, prawns in marie rose sauce and much more.

India, who lost the first Test at Edgbaston by 31 runs, face a huge task to save the match but could have weather on their side with rain predicted to hit London on Sunday.

Joe Root (19) had battled through a hard spell when he first came to the crease and was set to be rewarded with more favourable conditions in the afternoon, only to be undone by Shami with a ball that nipped back and stayed low in the final over of the morning.




England's Jos Buttler celebrates taking the wicket of India's Virat Kohli.

The only sadness for England was that Bairstow did not reach three figures as well. As so often happens they did not have to wait long fir the second wicket, Alastair Cook caught behind for 21 off Ishant Sharma (one for 26) to leave England on 32 for two.

After an assured start Keaton Jennings was the first to depart, LBW to Mohammed Shami (two for 27) for 11.

That brought in new cap Ollie Pope.

Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin (29) then joined Rahane in the middle to add 22 runs for the seventh wicket before the old warhorse James Anderson came back to add more misery to the visitors with the dismissal of the Mumbai batsman. Root LBW to Shami for a less than fluent 28.

Thereafter, wickets began to fall in heaps with Hardik Pandya (10) falling to Woakes before left-armer Sam Curran took Dinesh Karthik's (1) stumps for a ride.